According to new reports, Facebook is considering and testing SMS integration in its Messenger mobile apps.
First reported by the blog Android Police earlier this week, some users had started noticing a new SMS Settings page that allowed them to use the app as an SMS client. Facebook responded to this report, saying, "At Messenger, we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone. Right now, we’re testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place. It’s a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they’re right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers." Facebook did not disclose how many people are involved in the SMS testing but noted that the test only covers a small number of Android users in the US at this time.
In addition to testing Messenger as an SMS client, Facebook also confirmed that it has added multiple account support for its Messenger Android app. "Millions of people share phones with their family and friends. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for people to access their individual Messenger accounts from shared devices. To address this, we’ve launched a feature on Android to enable multiple people to log in and use Messenger from a single phone," said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement on the matter. To use this feature, open your account settings in Messenger and you will have the option to add users to your Messenger app. Multiple account support is believed to be available worldwide.
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